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Proof of Rabies Vaccine/ Certificate of Health:

Why are these important?

Whitey the westie with infected cysts between his toes.
Click on any photo for larger view & caption. Photos on this page are of dogs sold at auction without the required health certificates.
NONE of the dogs pictured actually HAD rabies.

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"There is absolutely no reason anymore for rabies to show up in dogs.
It is a completely preventable disease and one that threatens humans and other animals
when dog owners don't vaccinate their animals."

-- Dr. Yvonne Bellay, state humane officer and rabies epidemiologist,
WI Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection


 pawprint bullet point   The Regulations   pawprint bullet point   Recent Canine Rabies Case   pawprint bullet point   Rabies Facts   pawprint bullet point   References   pawprint bullet point

Chip the "Goldendoodle" was severely emaciated had obviously had been eating hay.
Tao the Shar Pei had inturned eyelids that scratched his eyes.
Dalton the chihuahua had been so traumatized that he attacked anyone who tried to touch him.
Max the Boxer tested positive for brucellosis.
Jimmy was the second dog purchased at the Thorp Dog Auction to be diagnosed with Brucellosis.
Precious Lady, a scarred golden lab, was purchased at the Thorp Dog Auction, 10 March 07
Samuel the cairn terrier is "undocumented."
Woo the Shar Pei cannot open his eyes because of entropian eyelids.
Ralphy the cairn terrier
Stanley the schnauzer
Leroy the schnauzer
Jimmy the Cairn terrier just was not in the mood to smile for the camera with yeast infections in both ears.
Susie the terrier pup was pregnant when purchased at the Thorp Dog Auction in March 2007.
Dale the Golden Doodle was dangerously thin, sold as a puppy but was actually at least 2 years old.
Allie the Shiba Inu - Rat Terrier mix.
Lazarus is terrified of people, ignores food, goodies, and toys, and tries to make himself invisible when anyone approaches.
Sweetie the West Highland terrier

       Our Thorp Dog Auction Dog Statistics page notes that several of the dogs purchased at the 10 March 07 auction either had no rabies vaccinations or were "imported" from other states with no veterinary certificate of health. Some might view these notations as "nitpicks" because rabies in dogs is now so uncommom -- a July 2007 canine rabies case is the first reported in Wisconsin since 2000. However, such precautions are exactly the reason canine rabies is so rare! The case mentioned above graphically illustrates how "nitpick" rules might literally mean the difference between life and death for animals, and uncomfortable rabies prevention measures for the humans who come in contact with them.

Tiny blue paw print bullet point   What are the regulations? SImply put:

  1. WI State law requires that all dogs five months and older be vaccinated for rabies by a veterinarian and have a certificate to prove it.

  2. In general, ALL animals coming in to the state of Wisconson must have a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection. ATCP 10.80 Dogs and domestic cats; imports states: (1) No person may import any dog or domestic cat into this state unless it is accompanied by a valid certificate of veterinary inspection. The certificate shall indicate all of the following: (a) Whether the dog or cat has been vaccinated for rabies by a licensed veterinarian. (b) The date on which the dog or cat was last vaccinated for rabies. (c) The date on which the dog or cat is due to be re-vaccinated for rabies." This regulation includes (but is not limited to):

  • animals brought in for sale at auctions, swap meets, etc.
  • animals ordered over the Internet or from other out-of-state sources
  • pet animals being transported into the state by rescues
  • new residents moving into the state with pets
  • pets accompanying their owners to WI on vacation.

 pawprint bullet point   More about Certificates of Veterinary Inspection   pawprint bullet point


Tiny blue paw print bullet point   What about that July 2007 case of canine rabies?

        According to a 27 July 2007 DATCP press release, one dog transported from out of state without the required Certificate of Veterinary Inspection was diagnosed with rabies, and another may have died of it. Two more died because they had contact with the infected dog(s) -- there is no way of testing for rabies on live animals. Quoting the press release:

        A Wisconsin resident brought the dogs to her home in St. Croix County from a kennel in Minnesota July 12. On July 13, one dog became ill and was taken to a veterinarian. It was subsequently euthanized and tested positive for rabies. The second dog, although showing no symptoms, was then euthanized because of potential exposure to rabies, but tested negative. A third dog in the group had showed signs and died at the Minnesota kennel July 10 without being tested.

       . . . The rescuer is undergoing injections to prevent rabies. The veterinarian and her assistant were vaccinated against rabies, but had to receive boosters. Although none were bitten, all were exposed to saliva, which contains the rabies-causing virus.

       "Rabies continues to be a public health and animal health concern in Wisconsin. This dog was the 10th animal rabies case diagnosed in Wisconsin this year. The other nine cases were in bats. Last year, we had 22 cases in animals -- 21 bats and 1 skunk," said Dr. James Kazmierczak, public health veterinarian with the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services.

 pawprint bullet point   Read entire DACTP Press Release here   pawprint bullet point

        Please note that the though all of the dogs pictured on this page were sold at the 10 March 07 Thorp Dog Auction with no proof of rabies vaccination and no health certificates in the case of the out-of-state dogs, NONE of these dogs has exhibited any signs of rabies, and all have since been vaccinated. However, in light of the above, we can't help but think about what might have happened.


Tiny blue paw print bullet point   What is Rabies?

       According to the Center For Disease Control and Prevention website, "Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. The vast majority of rabies cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) each year occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes. Domestic animals account for less than 10% of the reported rabies cases, with cats, cattle, and dogs most often reported rabid."

       It bears repeating: incidences of canine rabies are very rare, due to laws requiring vaccination of animals. The BEST thing you can do to protect your dog and yourself is to be sure that his/her rabies vaccinations are up to date!

       Dogs may be infected if they are bitten by other animals that have rabies -- most frequently, wildlife including bats, skunks and raccoons. Anytime they are exposed to saliva containing the virus, they may be infected. Humans can contract it directly from a bite, or indirectly from saliva, if, for example, an infected dog licks a scratch or open wound on the human's hand. The incubation period can be anywhere from two weeks to four months or even longer.

       Rabies virus infects the central nervous system. Symptoms in animals include fever, behavioral changes (dog may become lethargic or extremely aggressive), and excessive salivation. There is no treatment for the disease after the symptoms become evident. Death usually occurs within days of the onset of symptoms.

       For humans, an extremely effective new rabies vaccine regimen provides immunity to rabies when administered immediately after an exposure. In the US, human deaths from rabies are rare.


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